There are not many blogs out there dedicated to cooking on a pellet smoker. I have been cooking, grilling & smoking over 35 yrs now. I recently bought a Traeger Lil Tex Elite pellet smoker & have cooked on it over six yrs. now. I would like to share recipes & info I have gained from cooking on it.
Update 2014: I have plenty of recipes here for the pellet smoker so I am now including other outdoor cooking and some of my indoor cooking too.
I was tired out yesterday after getting my smoker cleaned up
and my new Savannah Stoker controller installed. I was glad though I went ahead
and smoked the meat for my bean soup today. It made for a lazy day for me.
My wife did her usual today, went to church and then out to
lunch with friends after. Today though several of the ladies went to a play
this afternoon and then out to eat. Since my wife does not like beans it was a
great time to make myself a pot of bean soup.
I like to use some of the Hurst 15 bean soup mix once in a
while for some great soup. This time I used the recipe on the package, changing
just a little. I like Rotel tomatoes and use Cajun seasoning instead of the
chili powder. I diced up the jowl bacon and used some of the fattier pieces to
brown up a little with the onions and garlic. I then added the rest of the bacon
and the sliced smoked sausage, stirred to heat through then added water to
deglaze the pan. I brought all to a boil then down to simmer for 2 hours.
While that was cooking I baked some cornbread. I used my
favorite mix, Miracle Maize Sweet and baked it in my old Wapak skillet. I added
some brown sugar topping for something different. I got the idea from a BBQ
show. It was at a joint down south and all there was raving about the cornbread
with the brown sugar. I thought southerners didn’t like sweet cornbread; maybe
there was all Yankees eating there! Mine didn’t look as good as theirs did; I
think they must have swirled it in with the batter some before baking. I didn’t
remember them doing that but will try it the next time.
I had the cornbread done and after the beans had simmered
two hours I added in the tomatoes, Cajun seasoning and lemon juice then cooked
another half hour. I don’t usually add in the flavor packet but did this time
and was good.
I had mine with some chopped onions and hot sauce over and a
large piece of the cornbread with a little butter! The soup was great and I
liked the brown sugar cornbread, it went good with the heat. I had a good Black
Butte Porter to wash all down.